Humanity and Torture: Effective Interrogation or Brutality?
As part of a three-part series on "Humanity and Torture," being sponsored by the Wolfson Center for National Affairs at The New School, this panel will address difficult questions in the context of recent controversies about use of torture in interrogations of Al Qaida prisoners and others engaged in or suspected of terrorism since 9/11. As torture appears to become routine in the world in which we live, is there a "torture gene"? If terror is the enemy, is torture the response? Is torture ever morally permissible?- The New School
Former Air America Radio host, Laura Flanders is the host and founder of GRITtv with Laura Flanders, a daily talk show for people who want to do more than talk. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species and Blue GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians She also writes for The Nation and The Huffington Post and is a regular contributor to MSNBC's "The Ed Show" and "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann. She has appeared on shows from "Real Time" with Bill Maher to Bill O’Reilly's Factor.
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Alfred W. McCoy is a historian and current Professor of History in the "Center for Southeast Asian Studies," at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his PhD in Southeastern Asian history from Yale University.